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About me

I am an award-winning Canadian poet currently based in Prestwich, England.  I studied Theatre & Drama at the University of Winnipeg and earned my MA in Theatre & Development Studies at the University of Leeds.  I am the Head of Community for Arts Emergency, an award-winning charity and national support network for young people who don't have influential contacts of their own.


‘Rose has travelled the globe, and it shows in her honest, unflinching, charming & deeply human poetry.  A generous artist who is a consistent joy to experience on the page and stage.’

Dominic Berry, Glastonbury Poet In Residence 2017, Winner of Saboteur Best Spoken Word Artist 2017

I have been writing, performing and teaching for over 20 years.  My poetry collections After the Storm and How to Find Where You Belong were published by Manchester's Flapjack Press.

'Rose Condo’s work is not only eloquently written and engagingly performed, but often

uplifting and powerful. Through her performances, she draws the audience together

as a community and fosters a sense of collective possibility.'

Loud Poets, Award-Winning Spoken Word Collective

My project, The Empathy Experiment, was shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Show at the 2020 Saboteur Awards, won Best Spoken Word Show at the 2019 Greater Manchester Fringe and received critical acclaim at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe.  My show The Geography of Me won the Spoken Word award at the 2021 Buxton Fringe Festival.  My show How To Starve An Artist premiered at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, was runner up for Best Spoken Word Show in the 2017 Saboteur Awards, and was listed in UMFM's top ten shows at the 2017 Winnipeg Fringe.  

‘I have seen her mesmerise an audience with her verse. 

Her stage show ‘How to Starve an Artist’ was innovative and inspirational.’

Jeff Price, Poet, Producer and Blogger

I have supported acclaimed spoken word artists such as Shane Koyczan and Hollie McNish.  I have hosted In Conversation events with Joanne Harris, Matt Haig and Michele Roberts with the Huddersfield Literature Festival.  I was longlisted for the inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship, and my poem You Are Here was published in The London Reader in 2017.

‘One of the most polished and heartfelt wordsmiths on the spoken word scene. 

Her subtle lyricism cradles you in a warm embrace and then gently but firmly

delivers an emotional and thought-provoking gut punch.’

Tina Sederholm, Poet and Performer

My slam wins include Manchester's Word War One, Newcastle's SLAMalgamate, the Axis Slam in Crewe, and the Say Owt Clash of Champions in York.  I have competed in the Lingo Slam in Dublin, the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam, and the Hammer & Tongue National Slam at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Photo by Robert Norbury

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In Conversation with Joanne Harris

Huddersfield Literature Festival

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